Monday, October 23, 2017

City of Boise breaks ground on Franklin Park

The City of Boise and Boise Parks and Recreation joined members of the Central Bench Neighborhood Association Monday to break ground on the new Franklin Park.

The 3-acre site is located at the intersection of Franklin Road and Orchard Street in Boise. 

“This is a banner day for the Central Bench,” said Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “We’re proud to add this location to our park system and create a special meeting place for the neighborhood.” 

Council President Elaine Clegg, Council President Pro Tem Lauren McLean and Council Member Maryanne Jordan also took part in the golden shovel ceremony Monday. 

The first phase of construction for the new park will include parking, sidewalks, irrigation systems, turf and trees. Amenities including a restroom, playground and shelters will be added in future years. 

Click here to view the Master Plan for Franklin Park. 

Mayor David Bieter highlighted the importance of neighborhood parks during his comments at Monday’s ceremony. 

“I love every opportunity we have to open new parks all across this city,” said Mayor Bieter. “I know the neighbors here are excited to see this one become a reality soon.” 

Mayor Bieter has joined mayors in more than 100 cities across the country endorsing the 10-minute walk to a park standard, which supports park access for all citizens. Studies show that parks are essential to the physical, social, environmental and economic health of a community. 

Learn more about the 10-minute walk campaign and the mayors who have signed on by visiting https://www.10minutewalk.org/